The Morning Dispatch: The Violence in Afghanistan Hasn’t Stopped

Happy Thursday! If you’ve felt unbalanced recently and couldn’t quite put a finger on it—we may have an answer. Remember that glowing orb President Trump touched on his trip to Saudi Arabia in 2017? According to a new book by Ben Hubbard, it’s now in the United States’ possession and hidden away somewhere. We shudder to think what could happen if its power ends up in the wrong hands.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Hours after his disappointing showing on Tuesday, Mike Bloomberg announced he was ending his campaign and endorsing Joe Biden. “I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it,” Bloomberg wrote. “After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden.”

  • A Defense Department linguist in Iraq was charged with espionage after sharing classified information with someone tied to Hezbollah.

  • The Italian government announced it would temporarily close all schools and universities in response to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Iran, too, will be closing schools for the next month. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency after the first COVID-19-related death in the state. 

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